Nichijou Nostalgia

In the penultimate episode of Kyoto Animation’s Nichijou, an emotional Naganohara Mio recollects a time when her beloved senpai suggested that our daily lives are but a series of miracles.

When taking her literally, Nichijou as a title seems to be made of purely playful irony, where ordinary life in the show is what we find in reality to be bizarre and extraordinary. In Mio’s own words, Nichijou is comprised of the unpredictable and the miraculous, often juxtaposed against the veneer of a quiet and humble town as a means of appreciating the joys in the simplest of things. But there’s something even more profound that Nichijou is trying to tell us.

The structure of Nichijou is worth taking into consideration. While many have been puzzled by the inclusion of seemingly haphazard skits and lengthy pace breaking transitions, there is an intriguing method to the madness, a method that unites all of its characters into a world that is simultaneously singular and ubiquitous.

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Welcome, to the Desert of the Re-L

Note: Spoilers for Ergo Proxy.

An echo, a heartbeat pounding in the eye of the storm, Centzontotochtin sails over the earth, and the pulse of the awakening signals the beginning of the end.

Ergo Proxy aired over ten years ago and to this day remains an enigma to many. Its creative thought experiments and questions about our purpose in life have been just as mesmerizing as they have been easily dismissed. But whether it’s thoughtfully ambiguous or frustratingly obtuse, what’s consistent is Ergo Proxy’s mystique beneath its decrepit and artificial landscape, a captivating blend of the real and the surreal that reveals how easy it has become for us to mistake the double for the authentic.

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